Cranberry Drinks Made With Gin

by Christina Kalinowski

Garnish cranberry cocktails with a sprig of fresh mint to create an eye-pleasing cocktail contrast.

rez-art/iStock/Getty Images

Sweet and tart cranberries pair with gin’s piney astringency to craft simple, yet elegant drinks. A gin and tonic gets an upgrade with the addition of cranberry juice or muddled cranberries, and gin topped with cranberry juice and a carbonated beverage creates a smashing gin fizz. A few drops of bitters or splashes of citrus fruit juice provide a complementary complexity that allows you to create a custom cocktail.

Cranberry Gin and Tonic

Cranberry juice livens up an ordinary gin and tonic, adding a sweet and refreshing tartness. Follow a simple ratio of 1 part gin to 2 parts cranberry juice to 2 parts tonic water to create a single drink, or increase the amounts to make multiple servings. Pour all of the ingredients into a cocktail glass filled with ice; add a splash of lime juice and stir. Garnish with a wedge of lime or a couple of frozen cranberries if you would like. Muddled cranberries -- either fresh or frozen, slightly thawed -- brighten up a gin and tonic in lieu of cranberry juice.

Cranberry Gin Fizz

Light, fizzy and refreshing, a cranberry gin fizz can be prepared with any carbonated beverage you like. Try combining an ounce of gin with 2 ounces of club soda and 3 ounces of cranberry juice in a cocktail glass filled with ice, stirring to combine. Adjust the amounts to suit your tastes. Instead of club soda, you can use sparkling water or a lemon-lime soft drink to add effervescence to the cocktail. A splash of lemon and lime juice adds a vibrant acidity that complements the cocktail’s flavors.

Cranberry Gin Martini

Simple and elegant, quality ingredients are the key to a superb cranberry gin martini, or crantini. Combine 2 to 2 1/2 ounces of a premium gin with a 1/2 ounce of a quality cranberry juice in a shaker filled with ice. Add 1/2 ounce of juice to an ounce of vermouth if you would like. Shake vigorously, to chill, approximately 30 seconds. Strain into a martini glass and garnish with an orange twist or float a few fresh or frozen cranberries in the cocktail. A dash of orange or Angostura bitters adds subtle complexity.

Cranberry Negroni

A twist on a classic cocktail, cranberry lends a welcome tartness to sweet Negronis. Combine 2 ounces of gin, 2 ounces of campari, 2 ounces of sweet vermouth and 4 ounces of cranberry juice to a cocktail glass filled with ice. Stir to combine and garnish with an orange twist. Swap the sweet vermouth for dry if you prefer your Negronis dry. Top with a splash of Prosecco or champagne to add a hint of fizz. Look for pure cranberry juice instead of cranberry juice cocktail to prevent the resulting cocktail from becoming too sweet.

Our Everyday Video

Brought to you by LEAFtv
Brought to you by LEAFtv


Photo Credits

  • rez-art/iStock/Getty Images

About the Author

Christina Kalinowski is a writer from the Twin Cities who began her career in 2011. She contributes food and drink related articles to The Daily Meal. She holds a Master of Arts in sociology from Purdue University.